The survey by the Freedom of Information Center of Armenia shows the second action plan of the Open Government Partnership in Armenia has seen a positive shift in fulfilling its commitments, as compared with the first action plan.
The Partnership for Open Society Initiative representing more than 60 civil society organizations held a public discussion titled “Constitutional Amendments in Armenia: Realization of rule of law and safeguards for human rights and fundamental freedoms.”
The escalation of military activity along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border and line of contact may have three causes: falling oil prices which have plunged oil-dependent Azerbaijan into a challenging situation, recent activation of external players and upcoming parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan, experts believe.
The Iraqi Yazidis who migrated to Armenia following the outbreak of military activities in the Middle East that left thousands dead and made numerous people refugees have to tackle social security, education and culture related problems in Armenia. The Yazidi community – the largest national minority in Armenia – supports them, but the migrants are looking for more help from the state and international organizations.
The import of Russian gas and oil products fixed in Russian rubles is likely to benefit Armenia and may reduce the prices of these products. Though challenging, it is a promising trading model which will be a step forward towards a single currency in Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), economists believe.
Inter RAO's decision to sell the Electric Networks of Armenia (ENA) to Liormand Holdings Limited offshore company and submit a relevant application to the Armenian Government is a part of a big process.
Media Center, September 23, 2015: For August the Electric Networks of Armenia submitted a request for 1 billion 8 million drams to Government for the latter to subsidize the difference in consumers' electricity bills 986.8 million drams of which make the consumption by citizens.
The constitutional changes may possibly lead to depersonalization of the political sector, but considerable changes are impossible to happen until there is a well-developed party system in Armenia, experts believe.
The September 13 local elections in twenty-two communities were held without big violations. What was observed can be referred to as traditional violations such as crowds near polling stations, people who “guided” voters, etc., said the observers.
As the political tension in Turkey is escalating, experts point out that the Turkish nationalists' attacks on the Kurdish settlements and the offices of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) have both internal and regional reasons.